Ichiro Sets Japanese Hits Record

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SEATTLE (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki has set the hits record for Japanese players with a sharp single in the fourth inning of the Seattle Mariners' game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The eight-time All-Star and Gold Glove outfielder hit a one-hop
smash into right field off Joe Saunders Thursday night for his
3,086th hit. Japanese star Isao Harimoto smiled and flashed a
thumbs-up sign from the box seats as his record fell. Ichiro tipped
his batting helmet to the cheering home crowd.

A television network in Japan flew the 68-year-old Harimoto to
Seattle so he could attend Suzuki's first two games of the season
this week.

Suzuki had 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of the Pacific
League. He has 1,808 in nine seasons with Seattle.